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Photo: Sharkshock (Shutterstock) It’s (almost) that time of year again. When kids run giddily through the neighborhood (hopefully not freezing under those Star Wars costumes made of impossibly thin fabric) and return home with a metric ton of insulin-spiking, mood-altering candy that you—despite your best covert laundry-room nibbling efforts—can’t get rid of fast enough. What’s a parent to do with the unwanted pounds of candy after the first few days of gorging are done? Here are some ways you may not have thought of to banish the loot from your premises (or at least repurpose it in fresh ways). Get a Switch Witch After her daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, mom Lara Riley developed the Switch Witch , a small doll that comes to your house for “a long sleepover playdate” in the weeks leading up to Halloween. After your child takes care of their Switch Witch during October she rewards them post-holiday by turning some of their candy into a surprise gift. Donate it (or participate in a candy “buyback” program) Operation Gratitude has been collecting candy for its “Military, Veteran, and First Responder Heroes” since 2007. Register to donate and they’ll either match you with a local military, first responder, or veteran group, or ask you to ship it to their candy processing facility in California. Similarly, Soldier’s Angels has a “Treats for Troops” program. Dentists who participate in the Halloween Candy Buyback program will pay $1 for every pound of candy children bring into […]